Copies of the Newry Democrat’s P7 Leavers’ Supplement have arrived in school and are ready for collection. Although school finishes today for the pupils, the school office will remain open from 10:00-12:00 tomorrow (Friday), Monday and Tuesday. The newspapers are laid out on a table in the school foyer and are labelled with the names of those who placed orders. The school will retain any copies that are not collected and distribute in the new school year.
Following a tremendous amount of hard work in both practical and theory lessons this term, P7 pupils have been awarded their certificates for completing the Cycling Proficiency Scheme. Although there has been a great improvement over the course of the scheme, the children fully understand that this has not made them experts or ensure that they will be exempt from danger. They must take great care every time they get on their bikes.
Congratulations to all of the children on their success. Cycling is a fun way to stay fit and healthy!
The school was delighted to be notified of the team results from Cross Country last week. Amazingly, five teams were placed in the top three of their various race categories.
Primary 4 boys were placed 1st
Primary 5 girls were placed 1st
Primary 5 boys were placed 3rd
Primary 6 girls (team 1) were placed 2nd
Primary 6 boys (team 1) were placed 2nd
The members of these teams were presented with their medals at assembly on Friday. Pupils who missed assembly because they were either absent or attending the Nursery Graduation will receive their medals from their class teacher.
Two very excited P7 pupils represented St Mary’s at a Cumman na mBunscol blitz in Derrynoose last week. They are pictured accepting the Cumman na mBunscol Level 2 award from Mr Gary Farrell, Armagh CnmB chairperson. It’s a great achievement as currently only five primary schools in Armagh hold this level.
It was awarded as a result of the work that St Mary’s does to promote GAA. Examples include the school partaking in matches & blitzes, running after-school training every week, having a strong link to the local club, communicating information online and in local press, having a visible GAA noticeboard, promoting the Respect Initiative and much more.
The after-school Gardening Club had their end-of-year party last Wednesday. It was a party with a difference, as the children used fruit and veg from the school garden to cook the treats. There was soup, salad sandwiches, rhubarb crumble, carrot cake and much more.
It was also a sad occasion, however, as it was Alison’s last week with the club. Unfortunately the funding for Ring of Gullion’s Landscape Partnership has not been renewed and they will have to cease their involvement with the school garden this summer. Everyone wishes to thank Alison and also Abby for all of their hard work over the past two years. A lot has been achieved and you have left a lasting legacy in St Mary’s. Best wishes for the future!
The P7 year group have bid farewell to St Mary’s for the last time. The enjoyed a fun-filled final day in school and an had a lovely evening at the annual Leavers’ Mass.
There were refreshments back in school afterwards, when pupils were presented with their certificates of achievement. The Tierney and Murphy Cups were also presented to the lucky winners for 2018. We had a little trip down memory lane for the boys and girls and then they performed a special rendition of “Hit the Diff – St Mary’s style!” The evening finished with the planting of a commemorative tree to mark the P7 class of 2018, in the year the school achieved its first green Flag.
Thanks to all of the parents and guests for making it a wonderful occasion and to all of the staff members who help in any way. Finally, goodbye and best wishes to the P7 pupils as they move on to their new schools!
The P7 members of the Eco Committee attended the NMandD DC chairperson’s Green Flag reception in Warrenpoint Town Hall this morning. The children representing St Mary’s were commended for their hard work in the Eco Schools project.
Thanks to Mrs Mulkerns who organised a specially designed cake, as a treat for the whole school to celebrate our first Green Flag. It was a big hit with all pupils in the school!
Tuesday, June 14th 2018 will go down as a historic day for St Mary’s, as the school achieved its very first Eco Schools Green Flag. It’s the culmination of three years of hard work by pupils, staff, parents and the local community.
Our Eco committee members were thrilled to receive the good news from the assessors and asked Mr McDonnell to call a special outdoor assembly to inform the rest of the school before home time. They also plan to hold a special ceremony to raise the flag on the pole for the first time before the end of the academic year. Unfortunately, some committee members had to leave school early today and missed the assembly, but they will be in attendance for the flag ceremony.
Finally, the work doesn’t stop here, as the school will look for other areas to improve upon in the years ahead!